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Minnesota restaurants and bars resume indoor service, with restrictions


January 12, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

"A birthday toast, and also Christmas, New Year's, and Valentines Day". Dawn Kaphingst, left, toasted her cousin Jane Murray's birthday today. The two cousins got together for the first time since the summer at Longfellow Grill, on the first day restaurants were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. They toasted with a coffee and Apple Spritz, a drink with vodka and Prosecco.On the left is Carol Frenett who dined with her husband Donald. The PVC pipe holds a plexiglass divider for COVID safety between tables.

Pedicures done, the only thing missing to top off Jane Murray's birthday celebration on Monday with cousin Dawn Kaphingst was a place to grab a bite to eat - and maybe an adult beverage.

Thanks to Gov. Tim Walz's relaxation of his most recent shutdown of restaurants and bars, mission accomplished. The women sat in a sun-drenched booth at Longfellow Grill in south Minneapolis, delighted at the timing and thankful to be able again to meet loved ones somewhere other than home.

"It's very important," Kaphingst said. "Keeping relationships with family and friends. Socializing. Keeping local businesses open. I think for the health of everybody, just being around people."


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